The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has launched their 2017 Digital Life Report during this year's CeBIT conference in Sydney. With ICT such a critical component of the country's economic future, it provides a snapshot into the influence of technology in everyone's life and where the IT industry stands in a number of important areas.
The report, which was carried out for the ACS by Deloitte Access Economics made a number of important findings including:
- CT is a key driver of Australia’s economic future. Currently a digital boom is occurring with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just the last two years, and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b.
- New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – with each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars).
- However, 81,000 new ICT professionals are needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Without skilled ICT labour our nation will stagnate.
- Diversity is still an issue – women represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries) and older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce.
- LinkedIn data reveals technical skills are in high demand – how will Australia meet this need to reap the advantages of a digital future?
So, while we are reaping great benefits from technology, the continued economic benefit of technology is threatened by a lack of ICT skills as our demand for IT professionals outstrips the supply.